Cross Fit Newbie Thoughts

Oh my goodness. 

I really had no idea what I was getting myself into when I signed up for Cross Fit Essentials a few weeks ago. . . 

While I liked the Essentials class and understand that it is 100% necessary to go through before jumping into workouts, it wasn’t my fav. The pace was slow to go over the movements, which looking back, was really good to have those building blocks in place, but I just wanted to get in to the workouts! And now. . .

I am loving (like seriously loving!) workouts. The best part of my day. I’m smiling even when I am on minute 17 of whatever WOD craziness we are doing. 

I can’t even remember the last time I’ve had such a killer workout. And the workouts every day are killer. Even when they look super easy. Ummm no. Killer. every. time. 


I was super nervous going in about being able to do everything and not look like a total idiot. I mean, I figured I would be ok – I work out, I’m pretty strong and fit, but handstand pushups, pull-ups, something about kipping craziness, olympic lifts, all things I have read about on other blogs, that had me second guessing myself. . . but that is probably the best part of cross fit. Everything, like seriously, every. single. thing. can be modified and scaled to whatever fitness level you are at. . .  and with the challenge to go to the next level when you are ready. So, the person who hasn’t worked out for the past year, me and the guy that’s been doing CF for the last 2 year and has biceps like whoa, we all can do the workout together and each get a killer workout. Amazing.


The other thing that has been repeated a few times, you don’t just get weight, you EARN it. Which as a fellow fitness instructor, I love that. Form and function before adding weight.

And if you are local, I cannot say enough amazing and awesome things about the team at FitELITE. They are wonderful. Super welcoming, helpful and just plain nice.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love me some BODYPUMP and running. But this is different. And different is good. 

I also think it was one of the best decisions I made to jump right into something new the week of moving to Wisconsin. It immediately gave me a new group of people to get to know and make a connection, which is something that can be challenging in a new town. 

But don’t worry, this isn’t going to turn into a cross fit blog. But if you are thinking about trying cross fit, do it. It is worth the money. Seriously. I don’t say that lightly, because it’s a good chunk of change, but really it’s that good. And fun. And muscles on fire. And challenging. And you’re welcome. 

What about you – have you tried cross fit? Love it or hate it?

Linking up with Amanda today for Thinking Out Loud!


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13 Responses to Cross Fit Newbie Thoughts

  1. I admire you for joining CF right when you moved! And I’m so glad it has been such an awesome experience for you 🙂
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  2. Scott and I just hit our 4 month mark and love seeing the results we have gained in just those short months! It’s so important to write every workout down so you can look back on all of them! So happy you are still enjoying it, Katie! If you are ever in Madison, come do a WOD at our box 🙂
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    • KT

      That is SO awesome Katie. I’ve love to come and do a WOD together – next time I’m in Madison for sure. . . and if you guys are ever in Eau Claire – let me know!

  3. My aunt insists I would love Cross Fit, but I’ve still never done it! I’m already paying for two memberships (gym & hot yoga) so I just can’t justify it. That and the Cross Fit near me doesn’t fit with my schedule. 🙁
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  4. I’ve never tried cross fit, but I loved your write up! I’ve been thinking of trying it, but I’m in love with my gym and don’t have a box near me! And the price kind of scares me off. But I would love to try it one day!
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  5. Before I stopped my gym membership and decided to workout from home, I was a member at a Crossfit gym for 2 years. It TOTALLY transformed my body. I was competing in pageants back then too and it was so effective in getting me in swimsuit competition shape without starving myself.
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    • KT

      That is SO awesome!! Such a challenging workout. The WOD tonight has handstand pushups – those things are killer!!

  6. Kim

    Glad you’re loving it! I loooooove it today. And I got super lucky this year – my box moved locations, and is now a 10min walk from my house! Sadly I’m working away from home right now, but I get my fix when I’m home on weekends.

    It IS expensive…. sometimes I feel like I could save so much money by not doing crossfit… but it adds SO much to my life that as long as I can afford it I’m keeping it up. Awesome workouts, awesome friends. Never have to drag myself there 🙂
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  7. That trail mix is dangerous! I don’t have my family to blame- I ate an entire bag myself at my desk!
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